Start of the Season.

2nd December 2020


The Scottish Avalanche Information Service would recommend that those wishing to enjoy the winter mountains refer to Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Government advice regarding Covid-19 and outdoor activities.

There was a bit of fresh snow on the Lochaber hills today. The main avalanche forecasting service begins on the 11th of December. However, with the weather forecast to remain cool with some additional fresh snow, some early forecasts will be issued for Lochaber and possibly the Northern Cairngorms depending on whether it snows there.
Although there was little fresh snow on the hills first thing, heavy showers through the day made it look a bit more wintry by afternoon. The cover is pretty superficial, and the ground not frozen on all but the highest levels. There was plenty of snow blowing around during the showers, but fresh quantities on the ground remained small. However, it is a start, and it does look like wintry will be hanging around for a few days.

Aonach Mor between showers during the afternoon.

The top of Coire an Lochan. Most of the snow along the rim is old stable re-frozen snow with a shallow layer of fresh on top.

Looking down and across Easy Gully on Aonach Mor

The top of the summit tow on Aonach Mor. Snow can be seen being blown across the surface of the ground. However, fresh deposits tended to be shallow.

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